learn practical methods for being an effective witness for Christ
understand what God considers to be a successful witnessing encounter </li></ul></ul>
Soteriology <ul><li>Definition – the study of the doctrine of salvation
What is the role of man in the process of salvation?
What is the role of God in the process of salvation?
Practical evidences that one is regenerated </li></ul>
The Call to Evangelism <ul><li>“ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Mt 28:19-20
“ And He said to them, 'Go ye unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'” Mk 16:15
“ Therefore He said unto them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.'” Lk 10:2 </li></ul>
The Call to Evangelism Cont. <ul><li>“ Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, 'Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'” Lk 24:45-47
“ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rm 10:14-17 </li></ul>
Evangelism Is the Duty of All Christians <ul><li>We are not all called to occupy the position of an evangelist, but we are all called to practice evangelism in our daily lives.
Wayne Grudem – “This evangelistic work of declaring the gospel is the primary ministry that the church has toward the world.” Systematic Theology p. 868 </li></ul>
Church Leaders on Evangelism <ul><li>“ Oh, my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the Church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected.” – Oswald J. Smith
“ Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” – Oswald J. Smith </li></ul>
Quotes Cont. <ul><li>“ We Christians too often substitute prayer for playing the game. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism.... To your knees, man! And to your Bible! Decide at once! Don't hedge! Time flies! Cease your insults to God. Quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses.” – C. T. Studd </li></ul>
Quotes Cont. <ul><li>“ Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late – and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” – A. W. Tozer </li></ul>
Quotes Cont. <ul><li>“ Someone asked, 'Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved?' It is more a question with me whether we – who have the gospel and fail to give it to those who have not – can be saved.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon </li></ul>
Methodology <ul><li>Witnessing can be very intimidating if you try to do it on your own (Mk 13:9-13)
Following a few practical guidelines will help increase your confidence.
Even with a solid understand of how to witness, you must be prepared for the unexpected. (I Pt 3:15) </li></ul>
Success! <ul><li>Our goal in evangelism is NOT to make converts! (Ex. Jesus and the rich young ruler: Mt 19:16-22)